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9:35 AM ET, March 5, 2021


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Lachlan Murdoch says it is Fox News' job to be the loyal opposition to the Biden administration, as MSNBC was to Trump, and the stance will improve Fox ratings  —  Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said Thursday it is the job of Fox News to serve as the opposition to the Biden administration …
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Q&A with Twitter's senior director of curation Joanna Geary on how her team decides which trends to summarize and how to contextualize them, more  —  ‘Twitter description guy’ isn't a guy.  It's Twitter's curation team, and I talked to the woman who runs it.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Michael Pack, former head of USAGM, signed a no-bid contract with an outside law firm to investigate his own staff; the bill topped $1M in the first few months  —  Last summer, an appointee of former President Donald Trump was irate because he could not simply fire top executives who had warned …
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
At WSJ, managers push for more service-oriented articles and SEO-driven stories, causing some tension; EIC Matt Murray also wants more diversity in sourcing  —  - The Journal has pushed its staffers to produce more SEO-driven content to lure in new readers.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Former and current employees of NBCUniversal's Golf Channel describe sexism, misogyny, and harassment at the network; the network disputes many of the claims  —  Lisa Cornwell was at her parents' house in Fayetteville, Ark., in January when she dialed into a popular golf podcast called “No Laying Up.”
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
As Clubhouse grows in popularity, companies like the just-launched Audio Collective seek to cater to creators, offering event planning and brand consulting  —  A new company called Audio Collective has launched to help build businesses on Clubhouse as brands rush to leverage the platform.
John Power / South China Morning Post:
Australian broadcaster SBS is suspending use of content from Chinese news services CGTN and CCTV after a human rights group complained about their content  —  The decision was made after rights group Safeguard Defenders expressed its concern over the Chinese channels' history …
Discussion: Reuters and The Guardian
Sources: after becoming embroiled in legal cases and police investigations in India for its series Tandav, Amazon is delaying streaming a new season of a show  —  MUMBAI (Reuters) - Controversy in India over Amazon's political drama “Tandav” has put Bollywood and global video streaming giants on edge …
Discussion: MediaNama and MediaNama
Gordon Russell / The Advocate:
Judge rules that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who sued a reporter over her public records request, must turn over the relevant records  —  A Baton Rouge judge has ordered the release of public records related to a sexual harassment investigation of one of Louisiana Attorney General …
Chelsea Cirruzzo / Nieman Reports:
A look at healthcare reporters' experiences one year into the pandemic, from helping readers get vaccine appointments to keeping up with scientific developments  —  Health reporters are holding officials accountable, documenting the virus's devastating toll, and balancing the pandemic's impact on their own lives
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon might carry “a significant number” of Thursday night NFL games exclusively on Prime Video, with only teams' local markets also showing games
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Tribune Publishing Company:
Tribune Publishing reported Q4 revenue of $192.7M, down 19.5% YoY, and digital-only subscribers rose 30.5% YoY to 436K; sale to Alden expected to close in Q2
Elizabeth Djinis / Poynter:
A look at local news on Substack, as journalists in Charlotte, NC, Sarasota, FL, and more find underserved niches and add competition for legacy news outlets
[Thread] A talk with News Media Alliance CEO David Chavern about Australia's News Media Bargaining Code and what it means for US publisher-platform relations
Hannah Stonebraker / The Impact Architects:
Knight Foundation and others commission a framework to assess the health of local news systems, find opportunities for strengthening it, and measure progress
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The Podcast Academy announces nominees for its first annual awards show, the Ambies, originally called the Golden Mics, to be livestreamed May 16
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Antenna: in Jan. US consumers subscribed to 1.5 streaming services; Netflix had the highest retention rate and its users were least likely to have another sub
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Mobile payments company Square is buying a “significant majority” stake in music streamer Tidal for $297M; Jay-Z and others bought Tidal in 2015 for $56M
BuzzFeed News:
NYT's David Brooks draws a salary for work on an Aspen Institute project funded by Facebook, Jeff Bezos' father, and others, without disclosure in his columns